Stephen Douglas
American, born 1949

Expressionistic figure painter Stephen Douglas aims to create “a world where looking and touching are synonymous,” he says. By observing his subjects through the investigative techniques of painters like Thomas Eakins and Antonio López García, Douglas aims to capture their true essence. When painted in a studio setting, his subjects and light are meticulously controlled using constraints such as masking tape lines across the floor and a tightly defined chiaroscuro contrast of shadow and light. Outside of his studio, Douglas captures his subjects in the areas surrounding his hometown in Venice, California. Whether realistic depictions or more abstracted portraits, Douglas aims, as he says, to “imbue [his] subject with an atmosphere that transcends their objectivity and occupies a space that only painting can generate.”

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